Lettuce and tomato, am I right, ladies? These were some of the women that Kelly Clarkson name-checked in her spontaneous rant on the state of country radio from earlier this year. Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, two of the enduring stars of mainstream country, both got their start in the mids, a time when women and women-fronted groups were not exactly rarities on the airwaves. One reason for the year overview is to look at how much the sound of country has changed: mainstream country has always shifted with the winds of other popular music genres including and especially, well, pop music , and you can hear that evolution over the span of two decades.
55 Country Songs That Pack a Girl-Power Punch
Lindsay Ell, Cam, and Kacey Musgraves all released superb songs that deserved to be radio hits. Right now, it seems almost mythical: just 20 years ago, it was not only conceivable to tune into a country radio station and hear a woman singing, it was highly likely. The ears of the country consumer seemed to appreciate, demand and even prefer the voices of women. Since then — in the past decade in particular — that trend took a sharp decline.
It's not always easy being a woman in the music business, but these women have done a great job at putting themselves out there with their art and their best work. Though the women on this list may come from different sub genres, like country pop , or from different decades, one thing's for sure: They reach out to ears across the world who love their music. Which song performed by a woman is the best? Vote up the best female country songs below, or add one you think is the best if it isn't already on the list. Classic Dolly Parton song in which a woman begs another to stop having an affair with her husband. Patsy Cline's lonesome and iconic voice helped this tune become a classic.
Looking for some women empowerment? You've come to the right honky-tonk. These country songs are for women, by women, and they pack a major girl-power punch. You've heard the saying "Don't mess with Texas. There are feisty, even controversial, songs by such country queens as Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, hot songs from tough cookies like Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris , and plenty of positive, pro-women anthems by stars from Shania Twain to Reba McEntire. Listen to our Spotify playlist below and watch the music videos ahead to get in touch with your inner badass cowgirl! Just remember: you'll need to download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists! View On One Page. Photo 0 of Previous Next Start Slideshow.